The Physics Department at Carleton University offers a complete set of undergraduate B.Sc. Honours programs in Physics including degrees in Applied Physics and in Physics with the choice of either Experimental or Theory streams as well as joint degree programs in conjunction with the School of Math and the Chemistry and Biology departments.

Research at Carleton's Physics Department is focused in two key areas, Medical Physics and Particle Physics.

Our Medical Physics research is carried out at on-site facilities,  at local hospitals and other external medical facilities, and at the NRC and Health Canada. These researchers are networked through OMPI, the Ottawa Medical Physics Institute. Our Particle Physics program involves experiments at CERN, Geneva and at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO). Carleton University is a full member of TRIUMF: Canada's National Laboratory for Particle and Nuclear Physics.

Experimental particle physics is complemented by an active theory group. Research at Carleton is enhanced by access to world class workshop facilities at Carleton's Science Technology Centre.


The  Physics Department is located in the Herzberg Laboratories for Physics and Computer Science known more familiarly on campus as the Herzberg Building. The building is easily identifiable by the observatory on the roof. The Physics Department shares the building with a number of other Science units. The Physics research laboratories are located on the second level. The faculty offices are located on the third level and in the Herzberg annex, also known as the Inco centre.

The Herzberg Laboratories for Physics and Computer Science is named after former chancellor and world-renowned Nobel-Prize-winning physicist Gerhard Herzberg.